Problem Based Learning
The teaching method used at the Faculty of Law is problem based learning (PBL). The main learning process is a series of problems which are based on a concrete course goal. The students work in groups and are responsible for giving accounts at seminars.
Furthermore, students work not only with the technical application of rules, but the students also deal with the essential problems that are common for all lawyers: structuring facts in a material, distinguishing what is the actual problem in a complex course of events, arguing and putting arguments to a test as well as criticizing and questioning.
The basis for teaching at the Faculty is that the students take active responsibility for their learning. The courses consist mainly of seminars with a few lessons. Students are required to prepare by cooperating in smaller work groups. Students should acquire knowledge and skills in the different subjects through their own activities. At the seminars, each work group presents a discussion of the material assigned to them. All students are expected to participate. Due to this teaching method, attendance at the seminars is compulsory.
Management by objectives
The courses are managed by objectives. The goals are clearly described and are connected to examination. The objectives also serve as a ground for continuous evaluation of the learning achievements made by the students.
The role of the professor
The professors at the Faculty of Law do not have a conventional role of the academic teacher. The role of the teachers within PBL method is to organize the learning process. The teachers are responsible for creating situations that favour learning and should also show the students how they can obtain knowledge by themselves. The teacher shall comment, criticize, put things in order, summarize, but not “teach” in the traditional way.